A video compilation of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite images shows incredible and informative views of the Mauna Loa volcanic eruptions.
The video, posted Dec. 6 by the National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service, includes ultra-high-resolution views of the eruption.
Other images track heat, ash and vapor, sulfur dioxide gas and light from the eruption scattered by clouds, the agency said.
“NOAA satellites are crucial for detecting volcanic activity, alerting those in harm’s way of an eruption, and monitoring the hazards associated with volcanic eruptions,” the agency said.
Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano, began erupting at about 11:30 p.m. Nov. 27, McClatchy News reported. It’s the volcano’s first eruption since 1984.
The eruption is confined to Moku‘āweoweo, the summit caldera of the 13,100-foot volcano, but lava has overflowed the caldera, the Hawaii Volcano Observatory reported.
No communities are threatened, but one flow is about 1.92 miles from Saddle Road, also known as Daniel K. Inouye Highway, CNN reported. It’s advancing about 21 yards per hour.
It’s not clear how long the eruption will continue. The volcano has erupted 33 times since 1843, averaging once every five years.